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By Ben Trefny, News Director, KALW, audience supported public media; and Victor Tence, Audio Academy 2020 Graduate The Audio Academy Class of 2020 graduates with a virtual event on Thursday. When they began their education with us nine months ago, this was an inconceivable scenario. Times have changed. One of the members of the class, Victor Tence, has a valuable perspective to share about the journey. Here he is, in his own words: What a long strange trip it’s been. If that sounds like a graduation speech cliche, it’s because it is. The 2020...read more
By Ben Trefny, News Director, KALW, audience supported public media; and Precious Green, Audio Academy ’20 Fellow We’re approaching graduation day for the Audio Academy class of 2020. It’s been the most unexpected and extraordinary last trimester. What can you say?! One thing is that this class has been KALW‘s most productive yet. We made the choice at the beginning to teach our students how to make spots — one-minute stories — that could enhance our station’s immediate news coverage. By March, when the coronavirus...read more
By Martha Sessums, President, ACE Graduating seniors receive lots of advice, and the Class of 2020 has probably received more than any other class. With no physical graduations, everything went online and the advice piled up. From Oprah to Obama to basketball player Damian Lillard to gymnast Simon Biles and even rapper Cardi B, the advice was plentiful. But here’s an authentic viewpoint from Julian Jordan and Kyle Trefny,* both 2020 graduates of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. Like their fellow students, they have lived through lots of events...read more